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Oliver Smith (1739 - 1811)

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Col. Oliver Smith
Born in Groton, New London, Connecticutmap
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Husband of — married 1759 [location unknown]
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Died in Poquonock Bridge, New London, Connecticut, USAmap
Profile last modified 11 Sep 2019 | Created 21 Oct 2010 | Last significant change: 11 Sep 2019
00:46: Mark Edrys edited the Marriage Data for Oliver Smith (1739-1811). [Thank Mark for this]
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Col. Oliver Smith participated in the American Revolution

DAR Ancestor #A106582


  • Ancestor of noted actor Ted Danson (III)[1] through his son, Denison Oliver Smith.
  • 1760 built a house in Stonington, Connecticut - that is still standing today.[1]
  • 1775 led the opposing forces when the British started raiding seaside towns, specifically Stonington.
  • c1760 purchased a man known as Venture, allowing his to work for wages. He was able to earn enough t eventually pruchase his own freedom. He published his own story in 1798 - A Narrative of the Live and Adventures of VENTURE, A Native of Africa, but Resident above 60 years in the United States of America.. He later purchased his wife and his children's freedom. He went by the name of Venture Smith.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Puritans and Pioneers." Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Season 4, Episode 3). PBS. 17 Oct 2017.

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